Footage From First Shoot, Music Test, Treatment, Stills, and Bibliography

music / sound recording test:

Documentary Treatment

Working Title: Dysphoria | Euphoria

Five AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth) trans* people with dysphoria, re: chests will be photographed and interviewed in order to create unique, intimate, and empowering black and white portraits. Each portrait will be directed stylistically by the participant being photographed in order to give them a voice in how their section of the film is portrayed and how the finished product will look. A fast 16mm film stock (ORWO UN-54 and UN-74) will be used in low lighting situations and pushed in the developer in order to create a grainy and textured appearance. Participants will stand in front of simple backgrounds with options for utilizing props or mirrors in various ways. Experimental processes such as mono-flex, reticulation, deterioration, and toning will be used in the different sections to enhance certain aspects of the frame and the individual being photographed. Each section will have a similar look because they will all be shot with the same film stock and will, at least for a moment have the individual who is being photographed stare into the camera. Each section will have a different look depending on how each person would like to be photographed and which experimental process or processes are taken to the film. The goal is for each section to look visually cohesive together, but also have diverse editing rhythms, moods, and feelings that relate to the personalities of the individual being portrayed. The audio will contain an original musical score that will be extremely minimalist and audio interviews of each of the five individuals. The interviews will ask each person what the experience of being photographed was like, how they identify, and how they feel in relation to their bodies and specifically to their dysphoria.

Stills:Untitled 12 Untitled 16 Untitled 15 Untitled 14 Untitled 13 Untitled 11 Untitled 10 Untitled 9 Untitled 8 Untitled 7 Untitled 6 Untitled 5 Untitled 4 Untitled 3 Untitled 2 Untitled


More Real Than Reality Itself. Dir. A. L. Steiner and Vanessa Haroutunian. 2014.

Night and Fog. Alain Resnais, 1955.

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen. Dir. Kourtney R. Ziegler. Independent, 2008. Online Download.

Tarnation. Dir. Jonathan Caouette. By Jonathan Caouette. Prod. Stephen Winter. Wellspring, 2004.


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Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. Los Angeles: Silman-James, 2001. Print.

Noble, Jean Bobby. Masculinities without Men?: Female Masculinity in Twentieth-century Fictions. Vancouver: UBC, 2003. Print.

Noble, Jean Bobby. Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-queer Cultural Landscape. Toronto: Women’s,    2006. Print.

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Sennett, Jay. Self-organizing Men: Conscious Masculinities in Time and Space. Ypsilanti: Homofactus, 2006. Print.

Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used against Women. New York: W. Morrow, 1991. Print.


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